Book Review: The Princess Diaries 3-6

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Wow. It’s been a LONG time! I’m so sorry about that. But I’m back now, and I have tons of reviews for you! Since my last review I have read books 3-6 of The Princess Diaries, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and The Shack. To save some time, I’ve decided to review the Princess Diaries books together, so here we go!

Book Number: 7-10 (Summer “Beach Reads” Challenge: 6-9)
Pages: Not sure, but lots
By: Meg Cabot
Summary: The continuing saga of Mia Thermopolis, normal teenage girl turned princess.

Review: I don’t quite know where to start, and a lot of that comes from not knowing what I really think about these books. They’re not awful. In fact, they’re not even bad. But I didn’t find them that good either. For me they became place holders: something to read while I was traveling and couldn’t get anything else.

I think my main complaint here, is that the series is just too long. The first book held my interest pretty well. After all, we’re just learning with Mia that she is a princess and we can laugh with her as she makes mistakes. The second book was less interesting – the whole princess thing was old news so she had to try harder to keep our attention, but still amusing. Mia still messed up her etiquette and had extremely funny moments because she didn’t know what she was doing. By the time we hit the third book, though, it’s starting to get a little old. Mia has learned enough that she’s not making mistakes (except on purpose, if she disagrees with Grandmere on something) and the problems seem a bit forced. Instead of being about telling the story, the later books seem to have become more about making money on an established franchise.

That said, it would be unfair to say it was completely awful. I think it is still well written. Meg Cabot seems to have a way with getting into the head of a teenage girl and getting exactly the right tone. There was still the occasional funny moment – I loved the mentions of the film, and what the characters thought about having a film made about their lives. But I’m not going to run out and get the next one immediately. I’m vaguely curious how she ends it, but not enough to pursue it. Maybe someday when I’m in the mood for a really fluffy fun book, I’ll pick it up.

So, that’s Princess Diaries done, look for my review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime soon!

Book Review: The Princess Diaries Take Two

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The Princess Diaries Take Two The Princess Diaries Take Two by
Series: Princess Diaries #2
Published by in 2002
Genres: ,
Pages: 213

Mia was sure her life couldn't get any worse. Already the least popular girl in school, she suddenly became Princess of Genovia causing even her friends to desert her. Just when she thought it couldn't get any worse, her mother goes and gets pregnant by her Algebra teacher. Now Mia is stuck in the middle, trying to convince Grandmere not to have a huge wedding, all while trying to figure out who her own secret admirer is.


I really didn’t mean to read this one next. I’m borrowing it from a friend, and I need to finish all the library books first (I leave in a week! *gulp*). But once I get in the mood for fluff I just can’t put it down. Unfortunately, I didn’t find this one nearly as fun as I did the first one. I guess there just something much more interesting about the very first time you find out you’re a princess and have to take princess lessons. Mia was much more of a drama queen and she really started getting on my nerves. I guess, the thing I disliked the most was that this felt like it was just a filler. Nothing very big happened to Mia in this book (all the major events happened to her mother). I felt like this book was just marking time until the next book, in which I assume we have the resolution of the deal Mia and Grandmere made in the first book. So, overall, not as good as I’d hoped.

I know this review is really short, but as I just reviewed the first book in the series, I don’t have as much to say. But, I am hoping that I’ll have The Healer’s Keep read for the next one (as long as I can resist the short fluffy ones =P )

Book Review: The Princess Diaries

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The Princess Diaries The Princess Diaries by
Series: Princess Diaries #1
Published by in 2001
Genres: ,
Pages: 230

Mia Thermopolis has always been the very bottom of the totem pole in her high school, but suddenly her father shows up with some surprising news; he is prince of Genovia, which makes Mia his heir. Mia now has to juggle the typical high school issues as well as everything that goes with being a Princess.


I have been meaning to read this book ever since I saw the movie. That in itself is rather unusual, because I am a firm believer in reading the book before the movie. I find that if I see the movie first, that completely colours my impression of the book. When I read a book, I get a very distinct picture of the characters in my head (even if it’s very wrong – before I saw the movies my mental Draco Malfoy had black hair!) If I’ve seen the movie first then I already have a picture of the characters, and I tend to have trouble getting away from it. I was therefore highly surprised to find myself flying through The Princess Diaries. I barely even thought about the movie, aside from the occasional “ooh they didn’t quite get that right” (Isn’t the movie set in LA? I always thought it was in LA. BIG difference from NYC!)

Some of this may be due to the fact that it’s been donkey’s years since I’ve actually seen the movie but I would argue that it’s more due to the way the book is written. The quirky, original characters that made me seek out the book are ten times better when you’ve read them on the page. Lilly is more than just a weird kid who begs for attention in a slightly off TV show, Mia is much more believable (I know it makes for a good story but bad at public speaking? Really? Algebra is much more believable, and besides you don’t have to fix that for your story to work out right). As for the ones that weren’t necessarily more believable, they certainly make the story more interesting. As much as Grandmere from the book drives me nuts, she makes the story so much more fun!

Not that I’m saying the movie was bad. I loved the movie. I just loved the book that much more. Besides, I needed the fluff =D

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